The Boston Red Sox have slipped out of the playoff race in the American League, and the Los Angeles Angels could join them in that situation if they can’t pick up the pace this week. Those clubs meet for a three-game series at Fenway Park starting on Tuesday, with Boston a -125 series favorite at Bovada.
The Angels lost their fourth game in a row on Sunday afternoon, getting hammered by the bats of the Tampa Bay Rays in an 8-3 loss. That gave Tampa Bay the sweep in Los Angeles in the four-game set, with the Angels’ pitching staff giving up 37 runs in those four games.
Ervin Santana was the Angels starter who avoided that Tampa Bay set, and with Monday an off-day for the club he’ll return to the mound on Tuesday to pitch against the Red Sox in the series opener at Fenway.
The right-hander dominated the Indians in his most recent trip to the mound – the Angels’ last win – on August 15, allowing just one run on four hits over his seven innings of work. That has Santana sitting at just 6-10 on the season with an ERA of 5.59, but Los Angeles has managed to pick up the win in each of his last four trips to the mound.
Jered Weaver (15-3, 2.74 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.62 ERA) are scheduled to pitch on Wednesday and Thursday for the Angels against the Red Sox; they were both knocked around by the Rays on the weekend.
Los Angeles finds itself in fifth place in the AL’s Wild Card race heading into Tuesday’s game thanks to their recent skid, just ahead of a sixth-place Boston team that can’t manage to get back over the .500 mark on the year; the BoSox’s playoff chances are on life support.
This will be the first meeting of the season between the Angels and Red Sox – they’ll play again next week in a three-game set in Los Angeles. Overall the Angels are just 3-7 over their past 10 games against the Red Sox, with the OVER/UNDER 4-4-2 in those contests.